Thinking of moving to Germany from the UK?

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Moving to Germany from the UK

There are many reasons why people choose to move to the continent – whether you’re looking to progress to the next stage in your career or just relish the experience of moving to Germany from the UK, there are a number of things you will want to consider before taking the plunge.

Are there any entry requirements?

The good news for British citizens is that there are no visa requirements to enter the country – a passport will suffice. However, if you are moving permanently or otherwise intending to stay for a period greater than three months you will need to, by law, register at your local registry office or Einwohnermeldeamt.

When attending the Einwohnermeldeamt, it’s a good idea to bring someone with you who speaks German (if you don’t currently speak the language already). You will be required to bring with you your passport, a proof of address (tenancy contract or mortgage documents for example), and potentially any marriage certificates if applicable. Documentation may differ from area to area, so be certain to check with your local office before attending.

If your relocation involves a change of location, please register with the new local authority within one week after moving in. Some municipalities also give your new citizens two weeks’ time, but in general the registration period is only one week. If you miss the deadline, you may have to pay a fine. However, the maturity and the amount of such a penalty are at your discretion.

If I move to Germany, can I drive?

If you’re moving to Germany from the UK on a permanent basis, you will be permitted to drive your UK car for up to 12 months – after this period it becomes a legal requirement to register your car vehicle with the German authorities.

If you are bringing a new car/vehicle into Germany you’ll probably to pay the 19% German VAT within days of buying the car. (If you paid VAT in the country of purchase already, you should be able to get a reimbursement once you have registered the car in Germany.) A vehicle is considered “new” if it is less than 6 months old or has been driven less than 6,000 kilometers.

Is it easy to transport belongings when moving from Germany to the UK?

It’s worth bearing in mind that if you’re unsure of the rules of the road, or simply unfamiliar with driving in Germany, that you may be uncomfortable transporting your own possessions in a removal van.

The good news is that it’s relatively straightforward to ensure that your belongings get from your home in the UK to your new abode in Germany in the exact condition they left in with LOPA removals.

Moving can be a stressful experience, and it’s important to make things as simple as possible – so why not allow LOPA to concentrate on the logistics of your removals and allow yourself the time to concentrate on the logistics of settling in to your new life in Germany?

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